And then in the robotics world, to see if there's anything my DIY Drones community needs to know, I read Makezine, Boing Boing, BotJunkie, and O'Reilly Radar.
That's all between the baby waking us up at 6:30 and my shower. It's what I need to know to get me through the morning.
I don't really have much time to read during the day. My day is largely meetings, phone calls, and scheduled stuff. I'll only read email and my Twitter feeds. I read the headlines to get a sense of the pulse of the day, but rarely click through. I follow 226 people on Twitter, which feels about right. I certainly don't want to go above 300.
Most of my essential commentators are on Twitter. People like Paul Kedrosky, Tim O'Reilly, your own Alexis Madrigal, many people from the Wired world, Dylan Tweney, Glenn Fleishman. I really respect and admire Jason Calacanis. I know he's a polarizing figure, but I'm on the pro side. I like Henry Blodget, and I think what John Gruber of Daring Fireball has done is fascinating. Felix Salmon, I can't not mention him--he's very high on my list.
We get a delivery of the New York Times, because my wife likes to read it. I don't read it in print, but when I do I love it. I think of it as a daily magazine rather than a newspaper--from the world we live in rather than the political news cycle.
As a monthly magazine editor, I'm professionally almost obligated not to be distracted by the daily news. If I get caught in the news cycle, it just throws us off. We end up chasing the news ineffectually. It does leave me curiously oblivious to the stuff going on around us sometimes. I only heard about the Super Bowl a week afterward.
Nassim Taleb once advised people to ignore any news you don't hear in a social context. From people you know and, ideally, face to face. You have two combinatorial filters in social communication. First, you've chosen to talk with these people, and second, they've chosen to bring it up. Those two filters--a social and an importance filter--are really good ways of identifying what really matters to people. If I hear about news through social means, and if I hear about it three times, then I pay attention.
This takes me to my geeky interests. One thing I'm focused on is the Maker movement. This puts me in the 3D printer, 3D authoring tools, CNC machines, robotics crowd. Some of the leaders in this community have companies with outward-facing blogs that give thoughts, opinions, information, tutorials. A bunch of robotics firms are of that form: Adafruit, SparkFun, MakerBot, Ponoko, Pololu. Then there are a couple geeky magazines I quite enjoy: IEEE Spectrum, Servo, Robot Magazine, Make Magazine, the official magazine of the AUVSI (Association for Unmanned Vehicle Systems International).
If I have a little time in the evening, I'll curl up with the iPad. A lot of magazines I've fallen out of the habit of reading I'm now picking up again on it. Take BusinessWeek, for example. I had stopped reading them in print. By the time I was reading them at least one of them was two months old. It didn't seem fun anymore. But their iPad edition, a Zinio replica, is so fast and clear and simple. I'm also loving the new Fortune app. And Esquire--I never read it before because I assumed wrongly that it was for stylish men and I am the furthest thing possible from a stylish man. But on Zinio, I've been dipping into that and quite enjoying the writing.